Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Some Advice from an Old Hand on How to Survive the Coming Storm from the Storheim Affair

Of course, many are talking about the much-bruited ROCOR-OCA lovefest being touted on the official websites of both bodies. Of course, one sees a great deal of thunder rumbling, lightning flashes, and showy spectacles. In short, it’s “Much Ado Signifying Nothing”. This didn’t come from an organic and natural growth… it came from the clerical bureaucracies of both groups… they’re scared shitless of the Storheim affair and how it will influence the OCA.

Here’s what I wrote to a priest friend:

Let’s keep it simple… Lebedeff is scared that victims of ROCOR paedophiles will come out. If you lie about your past… this is what happens. As I wrote yesterday, this is NO surprise. It’s been coming for some time. All this will do is roil the pot… which may well be necessary. Don’t say anything openly… Lebedeff’s a nasty sort. DO speak up in private… but do protect yourself. I can be a Mme Plas… it would be disastrous for you. The apparatchiki are scared shitless by the Storheim case… they’re afraid of a revolt by the unwashed, and, let me tell you, the ROCOR ethnic faithful and the OCA ethnic faithful are still tight… as they well should be.

Both the OCA and ROCOR apparats are hiding a great deal of nastiness. It’s not only the Terrible Trio of Podmoshensky, Greene, and Metropoulos… there was a hushed-up scandal at Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville in the 80s… the cleric involved was sent off to the Mountain, I believe. In the OCA, it wasn’t merely the Three Gay Blades… Lazor, l’Huillier, and Soraich… what about Peterson and Paffhausen celebrating liturgy alongside Isidore Brittain, who was supposedly suspended for naughty doings? That is, there’s a great deal of stuff that both sides are attempting to stuff down the memory hole.

A third party told me that Paffhausen attempted to gag Kristi Kumentakos with a directive to “forgive and forget”… that is, “pay, pray, and obey”, and he had the consummate gall to try to order her to keep it secret. This jackass is forever braying about “transparency” and “openness”… and he secretly threatens people. Don’t you dare send your goons after Kristi, Fathausen… she didn’t breathe a word to me… and don’t you dare go after her father, you posturing POS, he didn’t say a thing either. Your actions are rather notorious now, and all sorts of people are watching you. C’mon, you were asked to investigate Seraphim Storheim a year ago, and you refused.

This should teach all of you out there a lesson. For the time being… don’t trust either OCA or ROCOR priests, and don’t tell ‘em anything that you wouldn’t want publicised. Fathausen has refused to punish Velencia for his spilling of the beans from counselling, and that’s the same as blabbing confessional secrets (the law thinks so). I don’t like saying this, but sad experience has taught me that most priests are weak men. They AREN’T evil or bad… they’re only weak reeds. However, most of the wickedness done in this fallen world is the result of weakness in the face of power, not deliberate evil or conscious nastiness. There are bad bishops such as Paffhausen and Peterson out there (they did openly concelebrate with the suspended clergyman Isidore Brittain, after all). These men stop at nothing… they have no scruples… they threaten people in secret (as do some archpriests and hieromonks as well).

This rot is pervasive in both the ROCOR and OCA upper reaches… be careful what you say to a priest. A given priest may wish to keep a confidence, but crook bishops and archpriests have ways of getting weak priests to spill the goodies. Never underestimate the power of “the good of the Church”. If the average priest were given the choice, he’d spill what you told him in preference to losing his situation or rank. I’m not telling you to hate priests; I’m not telling you that they’re rotters… I’m telling you to be circumspect until this mess finds a resolution.

That’s how low we’ve fallen. That’s what makes the current dance of the spinmeisters on the official websites so macabre and twisted. Well, we know something now… they’re all the same under the skin, and they all wish to hold on to power at all costs.

Take heart, it won’t last forever… it’ll just feel that way. I remember what a local in Richfield Springs NY told me about the Jordanville monastery. “They lost their reason for being in ’91 when the commies fell, and they haven’t found anything yet to replace it”. SVS/Syosset has been headless since the death of ADS. Today, these two apparats are just self-perpetuating cabals… it’s sad, isn’t it? I remember the 80s and 90s… none of us thought that it would end like this… in mutual moral bankruptcy and mutual defence of moral turpitude that would make a hardened Odessa thief hurl in disgust.

It’s never boring in Orthodoxy in America… do pass me the jug. Remember… don’t tell a priest anything that you don’t want the whole world to know. That’s how bad it’s gotten… remember, Raymond Velencia still remains unpunished and he remains a priest (defended by JP and Lebedeff, dontcha know).

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 15 December 2010

Albany NY

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Patriarch Irinej Gavrilović of Serbia: “Communist crimes weren’t equal to the Holocaust”

Filed under: Christian,history,Jewish,Orthodox hierarchs,religious,Serbia — 01varvara @ 00.00

His Holiness Irinej Gavrilović, Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, and Patriarch of all Serbia (1930- )

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Patriarch Irinej Gavrilović, the First Hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) says he is against any equating of German Nazi crimes with those committed by communists in former Yugoslavia.

“Without justifying execution without a trial, we can’t equalise between that kind of terror and the Holocaust”, Patriarch Irinej told the Holocaust Seminar at the Assembly of Vojvodina in Novi Sad. In his view, the stand of traditional churches towards the Holocaust was quite clear and unambiguous, when it comes to that historical truth. He said that it was true that the communist authorities of former Yugoslavia killed people without putting them on trial “in the wake of World War II”, but he added there were records showing that some of those executed, apart from innocent victims, were those who were directly involved in Nazi formations that committed crimes against Jews, Serbs, and others. Vladyki Irinej stated that we should deal with this issue “with caution”, but added that the Second World War didn’t happen “in the distant past, obscured by myths and legends”, but that the facts about what happened during the war and immediately afterwards can be established.

He said that when anti-Semitic texts started appearing in Serbia, the late Patriarch Pavle Stojčević severely criticised that occurrence and addressed a letter to the Jewish Municipality of Belgrade clearly stating the SPC’s stand and condemning anti-Semitism. “On the other hand, we don’t have a mechanism to prevent certain extreme individuals and groups from presenting themselves as authentic Christians, and disseminating their vague doctrines, which can lead to the repeating of crimes”, Irinej warned, and he added, “Those occurrences must be separated from the official stand of the Church on the Holocaust”. Vladyki Irinej also noted that some Serbian Orthodox monasteries were sanctuaries for persecuted Jews, who hid there dressed as monks before they went to villages to stay with peasants who offered them protection. Irinej said that this and other examples should be remembered and talked and written about, “just like the examples of (Nazi) soldiers who refused to commit Nazi crimes although they knew that it would cost them their lives”. There were several such cases during the Novi Sad Raid, in January 1942, he said.

His Holiness noted that, in Serbia, the German occupation forces carried out the Holocaust, especially the Gestapo special police force, not the puppet government in Serbia, which was tolerated by the Germans. “I’m not saying that there weren’t any individuals who participated in those crimes”, he added. He expressed his admiration for Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, which works to record the names of all Holocaust victims, and he warned that, amongst Serbs, the culture of remembrance wasn’t always kept at a high level, “and that’s why we sometimes easily forget our own and other victims. That was why we didn’t have a list of the victims of the Second World War, as well as the victims of the wars before and after that”. The Jewish Municipality of Novi Sad and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre from Jerusalem, under the sponsorship of Sándor Egeresi, the President of the Assembly the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, organised the Seminar. After the seminar, the participants visited the monument to the victims of the January 1942 massacre, when Hungarian fascist forces killed and threw into the Danube more than 1,300 Jews, Serbs, and Roma. Some researchers suggest that more than 2,000 Novi Sad residents perished in the murderous rampage that is known as the Novi Sad Raid.

15 December 2010

B92

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/society-article.php?yyyy=2010&mm=12&dd=15&nav_id=71535

A Multimedia Presentation. Christmas 2010 is Coming Soon… Enjoy it Whilst it’s Here!

How about a jaunt to Germany?

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Hamburg, Germany

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Sevilla, Spain

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Rockefeller Center, Manhattan, New York, NY USA

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Some English trebles, nicht wahr?

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Santa with the TSA at an airport in Ohio USA

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Cambridge, England

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Moscow, Russia

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How ’bout something Celtic?

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Beirut, the Lebanon

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Honolulu HI USA

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Washington DC USA

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French Canada, anyone?

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President Barack Obama (1961- ) with his daughter at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington DC USA

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Berlin, Germany

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The Gubas still live… in Pennsylvania!

Here’s some “cool Yule” from Russia…

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Taipei, ROC

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Newry ME USA

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Carnaby Street, London, England, UK

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Steeleye Span sings Old English carols

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Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany

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Nuka the Sea Lion at the New York Aquarium, Brooklyn NY USA

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Rostov-on-Don, Russia

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Here’s some Norwegian sounds…

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Norwegian Julenissen in Moscow, Russia

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Liverpool, England UK

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Christians in Jakarta, Indonesia

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Christmas/New Year’s traditions of the Russian Orthodox Alaska Native people

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Palmer AK USA

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Christmas Fair in Nürnberg, Bavaria, Germany

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Cheektowaga NY USA

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Sounds of the season from Japan…

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Tokyo, Japan

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Seoul ROK

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Stockholm, Sweden

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Let’s go to Sweden…

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To all you Grinches out there who don’t like the “secular” Christmas holiday… Get *%&@#$&! It’s not religious… it never was. Take it for what it is… the secular midwinter holiday, and thank God for it. If nothing else, it inspires people to think outside of their own selfish interests, and that’s GOOD. I’m all for it… as for those who want to look down their noses at the rest of us… I’ve already given my opinion of that earlier in the paragraph, and that judgement still stands.

As Tiny Tim said, “God bless us, one and all”… I second that, and it’s a good place to end, no?

BMD

Turks are not Germans

Filed under: EU,Islam,legal,politics — 01varvara @ 00.00

Mesut Özil (1988- ), midfielder for the German national football team. He’s a third generation German Turk, who’s totally assimilated to the German culture… I have no problem with people like this… I have problems with those who wish to impose Islam on us (thankfully, they’re a small minority… they’re as bad as the Tea Party scummers, speaking frankly).

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Editor’s Foreword:

In view of the Ground Zero “mosque” brouhaha, I wanted to find a good Russian article on European/Muslim relations (rampant PC or Republican/”Conservative” ranting vitiate American/British sources). I think that the solution is clear… on the one hand, bigots should be suppressed, with force, if necessary. On the other, Muslims should understand that they live in a Christian society and act accordingly. They should not complain about public manifestations of Christianity by the Christian majority, nor should they be allowed such barbarous practises as slaughtering animals in the public square. If they don’t like living in a Christian milieu, they can always emigrate to the KSA… they won’t be bothered by such there, would they?

BMD

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Angela Merkel acknowledged that attempts to integrate migrants into German society have failed…

German Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel said, “The attempt to build a multicultural society in a single country is a complete failure”. She made this unexpected revelation at a meeting of the youth organisation of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Potsdam. “In the early sixties, our country invited foreign workers to come here, and now they live here. For some time, we’ve been deceiving ourselves, saying, ‘They won’t be here for good, someday, they’ll leave’, but this didn’t happen. Of course, we tied our approach to multiculturalism, that we would live together and appreciate each other. However, that has failed, utterly failed”, Bundeskanzlerin Merkel noted. The migrants’ children, born in Germany, should adapt to German society, she explained, “We don’t want those who don’t speak German to stay here, because, if they don’t, they wouldn’t be able to become full participants in the labour market”.

Germans rightly noticed that, recently, Frau Merkel stigmatised Thilo Sarrazin, a freelance journalist and economist, author of the controversial bestseller Deutschland schafft sich ab (Germany Does Away with Itself), for political incorrectness. Then, in fact, she took him aside, repeating almost word-for-word the accusations of the SPD that Herr Sarrazin was a heretic. His book sparked off a debate about migrants and Islamic culture in Germany, it rages on with renewed vigour. However, the Germans were not the first. The French are still arguing about banning the burqa, a move that has much support both in France and in Belgium, and the peaceful and tolerant Swiss mountaineers suddenly rose up against the building of minarets. This massive influx of illegal migrants flows into old Europe over all national borders. Fears amongst Germans were fanned by law enforcement reports of an Islamist underground movement, widely spread out right under very noses of the peaceful burghers. Loud Islamic radicals, many of whom hold German passports, go to Afghanistan to fight the “infidels” and some are even complicit in the 11 September attacks in New York.

Not surprisingly, Bundespräsident Christian Wulff hurried to give his viewpoint. On 3 October, on the Day of German Unity, he gave a keynote speech in which he declared that Islam had become an integral part of Germany. Thus, Herr Wulff shocked many fellow citizens, especially conservatives. On the other hand, liberals were indignant at a declaration made by Horst Seehofer, Ministerpräsident of Bavaria and leader of the CSU. He stated, “Multiculturalism is dead in Germany, and the indigenous population and migrants can’t live in peace together”, and called for the suspension of Turkish and Arab immigration to Germany. Perhaps, the incarnate symbol of national discord is a star player on the German national football team, Mesut Özil, a third-generation ethnic Turk who was born and raised in Germany. At the final match of the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying round in Berlin against Turkey, he scored a goal against the Turkish side than earned him the wrath of the Turkish fans in the stands. By the way, these Turks were also German citizens.

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What Did You Think of That?

Alexander Rahr, German political scientist:

A few weeks ago, a banker, Thilo Sarrazin, published a sensational book about the “cultural decline” of Germany. Then, he was stigmatised and demonised in every way. Suddenly, it turned out, Sarrazin was right about some things. We don’t have “Multikulti”, rather, we have a big problem, and the Bundeskanzlerin recognised it. Today, Frau Merkel seems to be rocking to and fro, because no one knows where she’s leading her party. Now, she’s doing what she must to keep the more conservative elements in the CDU. However, certainly, this isn’t the only problem.

Today, Germans understand that a subculture has formed in our country that can undermine the foundations on of German society. Officially, we have 5.6 million Muslim residents. Of course, today, migration flows are much smaller than they were in the 90s. Unfortunately, those people here now who came from Islamic countries have refused to assimilate. They created their own enclaves, they don’t teach the German language to their kids, and they aren’t subject to German law. It’s clear that some of them are engaged in terrorist activities. This problem was long ignored, for, over the last 30 years, it’s been the fashion to protect the rights of various minorities. Now, it turns out, in some cities, Germans themselves are the minority, and it’s sometimes easier to build a mosque than a church.

Above all, the migrants are restive, and, now, some of us understand that they were a latent serious challenge to us. The struggle for influence within German society has already begun. Nevertheless, we should not blame only the newcomers. The fact is they faced a closed society. Germans still have strong national feelings, they support their own, and won’t give others a hand up. Not only Turks or Arabs, but also Russian or Ukrainians, find it difficult to obtain work in Germany. This is quite unlike France, where Arabs, mainly Moroccans and Algerians, were acceptable from the very beginning. After the Second World War, they came into the country with French passports. Moreover, there’s no concept of a “leading culture” in Germany. The same thing is true with Pakistanis and Indians in England. Migrants there are an imperial heritage, which is not the case in our situation. In Germany, there are migrant workers, unskilled workers, who won’t assimilate into our society. The authorities clearly don’t know what to do about it. In this case, the current generation of politicians are simply not capable of taking the tough measures the situation calls for.

18 October 2010

Marina Aleshina

Izvestiya

http://www.izvestia.ru/obshestvo/article3147377/

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